JV Spartans Come Up Just Short Against Knights

Posted on: December 7, 2020
Kate Palmer and Kyla Zananiri led the way with 7 points each while Paige Dornheggen added 6 points and 5 rebounds, but the Turpin JV Spartans fell to the Kings Knights 29-25 in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference opener Wednesday evening.  Turpin (0-2 overall, 0-1 ECC) lead after the first quarter and at the half, but fell behind in the 3rd quarter and could not recover despite a strong push in the game’s final 2 minutes.
Turpin flexed their defensive strength from the outset while playing on the road.  They flashed multiple zone looks and mixed in some man coverage while holding a strong shooting Kings team to just 12 first half points.  Palmer started the Spartans off on the scoreboard with a strong dribble drive to the hoop, drawing the fouls and knocking down the free throws.  On the game Palmer went 5-6 from the charity stripe, repeatedly using her quick first step to blow by a defender on the way to the basket.  Dornheggen worked her way open on the baseline where Kaci Sheffer found her with a pass.  Dornheggen finished strong and posted a 4-1 lead for Turpin.  Later, Dornheggen made the steal near half court and found Zananiri streaking to the basket for a bucket.  At the end of 1, Turpin lead 6-5.
Kings charged back in the second, gaining on a 5-0 run to take the lead.  But, Palmer and Dornheggen stopped the slide with a 5-0 run of their own, regaining the slim lead.  The half drew to a close with Elizabeth Wullenweber and Sarah Slaven scoring in the paint for Turpin, posting a 15-12 halftime lead.
The game turned south in the 3rd quarter for the Spartans, thanks in large part to the Kings full court pressure package.  Turpin struggled to score in the 3rd, only netting a single Wullenweber free throw.  The defense was strong, limiting the damage by giving up only 7 points themselves, but Turpin entered the 4th trailing by 3.  The 4th quarter turned into a battle of attrition as Turpin desperately tried to gain possessions and make a come back.  Kings went to the free throw line 11 times in the final 8 minutes, but could only convert 4 of those opportunities.  A Zananiri layup followed by a Dornheggen jumper in the lane with 30 seconds left drew Turpin within 3, but they’d get no closer.  Strong defense forced the turnover, but Nina Birk’s 3 pointer from the top of the arc fell just short in the closing seconds.  
Turpin returns to the court in a rescheduled league matchup against the Lebanon warriors on Monday, December 7th starting at 5:30 PM.
Notable Performers:
Scoring: Palmer-7, Zananiri-7, P Dornheggen-6, Wullenweber-3, Slaven-2
Rebounds: P Dornheggen-5, Zananiri-4, L Dornheggen-2, Palmer-2, Sheffer-2, Wullenweber-2, Schneider-1
Other: P Dornheggen-1 assist, 1 block, 3 steals; Palmer-2 assists, 2 steals; Zananiri-2 steals; Sheffer-1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal; L Dornheggen-1 block; Wullenweber-1 block